Criminal Defense for White Collar Crimes
“Non-violent crimes that involve the element of defrauding someone’s or something’s finances are termed white collar crimes. William Moore, a founding Criminal Attorney in Fort Lauderdale of the Firm William Moore Criminal Defense recently explained the expansion of this type of Florida Fraud Offense,
Specifically, these crimes can also include regulatory offenses such as labor violations, unfair trade practices, administrative violations, and so on. Over the past decade, white collar crimes have increased dramatically in Florida, and even though these crimes are non-violent they have serious impact on the victims and their lives.” –Attorney William Moore Florida
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The perpetrators of these crimes are usually people holding positions of authority or trust. The main distinguishing feature of white collar crimes compared to conventional crimes is fraudulent representation, and it requires good amount of planning and organizing to commit these crimes.
Types of White Collar Crimes and Penalties
White collar crimes cover a huge range of offenses, and they are listed in Florida statute 775.0844, which talks about White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act. White-collar crimes may be prosecuted as state or federal crime and convictions may involve lengthy prison terms, stiff fines, and restitution to victims, probation, and more. If an individual is convicted of a white-collar crime, this will reflect on their permanent criminal record, which will follow them for the rest of their life. In any criminal matter, it is in the best interests for the individual to have a South Florida criminal attorney in their corner as soon as possible. Here are some of the most common crimes in Florida.
Embezzlement is prosecuted under Florida statute 812.014, and is called employee theft, as the perpetrator is usually an employee who manipulates the property of the employer for individual benefit. The severity of the sentencing will depend on the value of embezzled property, ranging from second-degree misdemeanor to first-degree felony.
Writing Worthless Checks
This crime involves writing checks for any payments, while knowing there are insufficient or no funds in the bank account, for honoring the check amount. Writing bad checks is quite a common white collar crime, and is covered under Florida Statute 832.05. Penalty will depend on the check amount, and sentencing can range from misdemeanor to felony charges.
Credit Card Fraud
Credit Card Fraud is using someone else’s credit card that is procured through fraudulent means or theft. These types of offenses are listed in State Credit Card Crime Act and they can range from first-degree misdemeanor to third degree felony charges.
Counterfeiting and Forgery
These crimes involve forging, counterfeiting, altering any kind of instrument or document with the intention of defrauding. Crimes under this category can include counterfeiting currency, forging checks, drafts, wills, promissory notes, and even counterfeiting controlled substances. Most of these offenses are punishable as third degree felonies.
Due to the increased foreclosures, mortgage fraud/real estate fraud has increased dramatically in Florida. These crimes can include property flipping, inflated appraisals, illegal foreclosure schemes, equity skimming, misrepresenting loan documents, and using stolen or false identity in real estate transactions. Right now, there are no specific laws to cover these crimes and prosecutors usually use statutes that cover bank fraud, money laundering, postal and wire frauds.
Cases involving these crimes are quite complex and sentencing will depend on many aspects, including the position of trust held by the perpetrator, the level of conspiracy, the nominal or anticipated amount of loss, and the number of victims.
If an individual is convicted of a white-collar crime, this will reflect on their permanent criminal record, which will follow them for the rest of their life. In any criminal matter, it is in the best interests for the individual to have a South Florida criminal attorney in their corner as soon as possible. It is highly advised that you contact our firm to schedule a free, initial consultation with Attorney Moore as soon as possible.
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